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Benghazi badmouthing

Andrew Sullivan at The Dish quotes various conservatives saying things like former GOP congressman Joe Walsh on Twitter: “Glad we nabbed a #Benghazi suspect, but the timing is questionable. Did they let him wander, waiting for the perfect political opportunity?”

Mr. Sullivan comments: “The reaction of the Fox News right to the capture of the ringleader of the attack on the Benghazi consulate/CIA base tells you a huge amount. If their concern at the attack on the compound were genuine, they would have taken a moment to celebrate. Here, after all, is the fanatic they’ve wanted to get for two years now. He could help answer more questions than dozens of Congressional hearings. The truth of what occurred could be fleshed out much more definitively, as long as we use civilized methods of interrogation; and justice can be better served by trying him in a civilian court rather than military commissions, since the courts have an exponentially better record at prosecuting terrorists.

“But no. The FNC right is not interested in the actual facts of the case or the pursuit of justice. It is merely a weapon with which to bludgeon their partisan opponents. So good news like yesterday’s will have to be instantly dismissed in order to maintain the crusade against the president.”

Pittsburgh parkonomics

Chris Briem at Null Space: “Looks like the Pittsburgh Parking Authority is going with the flow and raising rates at its Downtown garages by some more than trivial percentages. Not a new trend. And I am sure that if anyone wanted to plot out the rates over time at the private garages Downtown, the trend would look much the same.

“How can they get away with raising rates so much? Supply? Rather fixed at best. Demand? Must be doing pretty well. Anyone want to make the connection between ever higher parking rates Downtown and the Port Authority route cuts over the years? Efficient for the Port Authority for sure; they got rid of many of their long squiggly lines. But did those lost riders make it onto other bus routes? Actually I am sure the Parking Authority could raise rates even more and match the private sector rates if they wanted to.”

In defense of ‘Redskins’

Rich Lowry at The National Review: “The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s contribution to the Washington Redskins debate is pettifogging absurdity in the service of rank politically correct bullying. A panel of the office … ruled in favor of plaintiffs claiming that the Redskins name ‘may disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute’ and therefore stripped the team of six trademarks.

“In theory, the ruling will hurt the team’s bottom line by making it impossible for it to stop others from selling its merchandise. The decision has been celebrated, by people who can’t tell the difference between Redskins team owner Dan Snyder and Andrew Jackson, as a sharp blow for social justice in team nicknames …

“Certainly, opinions differ about the appropriateness of ‘Redskins’ as a nickname. But some perspective: There is no time in American history when Native Americans have been held in higher regard. Their nobility is celebrated in our popular culture, and their unjust treatment recounted in our schools. The existence of a professional football franchise with the same name that it has had for the past 80 years — no matter how anachronistic — has self-evidently not caused Native Americans to be held in contempt and disrepute.”

Obama’s no peacemaker

The Borowitz Report: “Congressional leaders left the White House on Wednesday ‘deeply frustrated’ that President Obama had not found a swift resolution to the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites that began in the 7th century A.D.

“After meeting for more than an hour with the president in the Oval Office, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed disappointment that Mr. Obama ‘came up empty’ when asked for a plan to heal the rift between the two religious groups … ‘All we ask of this president is that he do one thing: Settle a religious conflict that has been going on for a millennium and a half,’ McConnell said. ‘What did he offer today? Nothing.’ …”

Compiled by Greg Victor (gvictor@post-gazette.com).


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